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Victorian Era Comes to Life through Presentations by Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Programs at Noon and 7 p.m. highlight the couple’s long-term experiential study of culture and technologies of the late nineteenth-century Victorian event picture

Be transported back to the Victorian era through the real-life experiences of Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman (in photo). The couple from Port Townsend, Wash., is engaged in a long-term experiential study of culture and technologies of the late nineteenth-century. They will discuss their life’s work--living as people did in Victorian times--in a series of three presentations on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston. There is no admission charge for any of the activities and parking is available without a permit in Parking Lot A behind the Sargeant Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

Two presentations including “The Past is a Foreign Country: Understanding Historical Diversity through Cultural Studies Techniques” and “Victorian Ventures: Flip Your Paradigm” will be featured at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

Another presentation will take place at 7 p.m. entitled “This Victorian Life: Historical Living in the Modern World” and will provide a window into the everyday lives of the couple who embrace late 19th-century clothing, technology, and values on a daily basis. Learn about their reasons for living in history along with what it has taught them about the past and the present.

During the noon presentation “The Past is a Foreign Country: Understanding Historical Diversity through Cultural Studies Techniques” earlier in the day will delve into history with the Chrismans and their approach to history from a cultural studies perspective.  In this presentation, they will discuss how to transcend modern prejudices of past cultures and take a broader view.  Studying and understanding temporal diversity helps everyone appreciate the universals of the human experience and respect the details that make us unique.

During the presentation “Victorian Ventures: Flip Your Paradigm,” Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman tell the story of the combination of their lifestyle and business endeavors.  Learn how they went from an interest in an era, to living with the technologies and philosophies of the time, to international attention for their work.

For more visit, The Victorian Life website. The presentations are sponsored by the Business Department at the U of M Crookston and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies. For more information, contact Rutherford Johnson at 218-281-8191 or Rachel Lundbohm at 218-281-8190.  

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu

Contact

Rutherford Johnson
Business Department
218-281-8191

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